Oh dear. We managed on 200 for several years, but it really wasn't enough. I guess NZ is just too isolated for anyone to be able to afford to lay the infrastructure to supply the country properly.
This is the government funded roll out, here the government pays companies to build stuff and then those companies get to sell it at a profit. Several edu portals have worked out that way, largely developed by government funds then sold to schools with the ministry's coercion. If they actually built it in house they could give it to schools near free but that long term - six months in advance - thinking is beyond them. Still way better than what we had before. Worryingly now they want us to go all in on their rebranded cloud stuff replacing our 4gb trunks to storage servers with the single 100mbit shared link. They had the option of 1gb for an extra 30% or so but somehow long term escaped their planning. By the time fibre makes it to most homes it 100mbit will be easily eclipsed by cellphone data speeds, you'll burn through your $50 a month 2gb cap in less than a minute though.
We just had a new link into one site that's supposed to 100mb up and down.
Only problem is that it then goes into the councils network to get out to the Internet which is only 200mb. That 200mb is also used by all the schools in the city and all the councils pcs too.
We are lucky that it is right out to the internet, 100 down and 25 up I think, as is usual thought the week link is as you say after the first link, while we get decent link speed to the next hop service providers still only output at a rubbish speed, tvnz on demand for instance gets about 2.5 mbits and that is a local NZ site. On the massive plus side the upspeed is insanely good so locally hosted stuff is great externally now, better than a bunch of the supposedly well resourced public services. Apple still manages to have a download speed the same as a dsl connection.
How does the old geek load for you now?
Quick once cached, still hangs up on the ad images at the end of the thread but I'm guessing that is more to do with the three modems strung together which constitutes our international bandwidth capacity. On the plus side going to fibre cuts out about 40ms of lag locally thanks to the ancient dsl interconnects being bypassed which is substantial as that also trims about 1/5th of the total latency getting from here to the other side of the planet.
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